The Importance Of Higher Education & The Lack Of Real Investment In Jamaica, Guest Dr Canute S Thompson Of UWI Mona

Dr Canute S Thompson August 13, 2022

Our special guest on Groovin Radio this morning is Dr. Canute Thompson,  Senior Lecturer in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership and Head of the Caribbean Centre for Educational Planning at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.  Dr Thompson is a leadership coach and certified management consultant who has spearheaded the founding of the Caribbean Leadership Re-Imagination Initiative and the Caribbean Centre for Educational Planning.  He is author of seven books. Among them are: 

Education and Development: Policy Priorities for Jamaica and the Caribbean (2020)

Reimagining Educational Leadership in the Caribbean (2019)

Reflections on Leadership and Governance in Jamaica: Towards a Better Society (2018)

Dr. Thompson is a social activist and public intellectual who believes the role of an academic is inherently that of a social change agent.  In his expression of this role, he serves as a newspaper columnist and guest on current affairs programs on radio and television where he addresses issues related to the attainment of a better society.  

Dr. Thompson advocates the leadership pedagogy and philosophy of re-imagination which he first articulated in his 2013 book, Leadership Re-imagination: A Primer of Principles and Practices.  He has revisited and re-interpreted the ideas in this book in his upcoming 2022 publication Re-imaginative Leadership: Principles and Paradigms for 21st Century Leaders.

Dr. Thompson’s work has been recognized by his peers and he has received several awards including:

(1) 2021: Finalist: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence – All-round Outstanding Performance

(2) 2020: Principal’s Award: Best Publication – Book Category

(3) 2020: Principal’s Award: Most Outstanding Researcher

(4) 2019: Principal’s Award: Best Publication – Article Category

(5) 2008: Most Outstanding Thesis for Academic Year: School of Education, UWI

(6) 2008: High Commendation for Ph.D. Dissertation


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